Who invented Father’s Day?
Sonora Smart Dodd
Father’s Day was founded in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansas. Its first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there.
A wonderful place for consumers to search for properties from Montauk, all of Long Island and the Westchester County MLS which takes you from Manhattan to Westchester County to Rockland County and up to the Catskills…all in one place.
The first regional MLS in the New York Metro area, OneKey MLS, has announced the launch of its new consumer search website—OneKeyMLS.com.
The new listing search portal offers consumers more than 40,000 listings and some 500 communities throughout the New York Metropolitan area, making it the largest selection of for sale and lease listings from Realtors in New York State.
The new MLS was created by the Long Island Board of Realtors, Inc. and the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, Inc.
OneKey MLS, which went live for Realtors in March, offers robust property search tools in 21 languages. Consumers are able to save searches and listings, and can share their favorites with friends and family. Every user can sign up to receive alerts on new listings, open houses and saved searches.
“OneKey MLS was created to not only provide Realtors access to innovative tools that will help them do better business, but to also make the property buying or leasing process easier for consumers,” said Jim Speer, CEO of OneKey MLS. “We are thrilled to reach this next milestone in our rollout and look forward to consumers using the site to find their new home.”
New York State Licensing Law requires that Clients of Real Estate Agents be given the following form.
New York State Housing and Anti-Discrimination Disclosure Form
Federal, State and local Fair Housing Laws provide comprehensive protections from discrimination in housing. It is unlawful for any property owner, landlord, property manager or other person who sells, rents or leases housing, to discriminate based on certain protected characteristics, which include, but are not limited to race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military status, sex, age, disability, marital status, lawful source of income or familial status. Real estate professionals must also comply with all Fair Housing Laws.
- YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO FILE A COMPLAINT
If you believe you have been the victim of housing discrimination you should file a complaint with the New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR). Complaints may be filed by:• Downloading a complaint form from the DHR website: http://www.dhr.ny.gov;
• Stop by a DHR office in person, or contact one of the Division’s offices, by telephone or by mail, to obtain a complaint form and/or other assistance in filing a complaint. A list of office locations is available online at: https://dhr.ny.gov/contact-us, and the Fair Housing HOTLINE at (844)-862-8703.You may also file a complaint with the NYS Department of State, Division of Licensing Services. Complaints may be filed by:• Downloading a complaint form from the Department of State’s website https://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/complaint_links.html
• Stop by a Department’s office in person, or contact one of the Department’s offices, by telephone or by mail, to obtain a complaint form.
• Call the Department at (518) 474-4429.
There is no fee charged to you for these services. It is unlawful for anyone to retaliate against you for filing a complaint.
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The light is at the end of the tunnel! Yes, the NY STATE ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS ANNOUNCED PHASE 2 which is good news for buyers/sellers/rentals but IT IS NOT RETURN TO NORMAL YET. Following are the guidelines issued by our State Association explaining how we are to proceed to protect the public. Each Brokerage may have separate interpretations of these Guidelines and it is important for the public to understand we must follow these rules.
Selling your property is a great opportunity right now -properties are in greatly needed – prices are holding with properties selling quickly. The market is very energized and ready!
Phase 2 Guidance for Real Estate Activity
Our New York State Association of Realtors is providing the following sample guidance based upon information contained in the Interim Guidance Document issued by Empire State Development and the Department of Health. Brokers must review and affirm the Interim Guidance Document prior to implementing Phase 2 requirements.
Guidance to in-person contact with consumers
- Brokers are encouraged, but not required, to conduct remote walk throughs rather than in-person walk throughs (e.g. recorded/live video), where possible.
- Whenever possible, activities should be conducted remotely with consumers.
- Whenever in-person contact occurs with a consumer, the licensee should be wearing an appropriate face covering and maintain social distancing.
Interaction with consumers
- Real Estate Brokers and Agents must limit in-person gatherings with consumers to the greatest extent possible and use other methods such as video or teleconferencing whenever possible. When videoconferencing or teleconferencing is not possible, licensees should hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces and ensure that individuals maintain six feet of social distance between one another and wear appropriate face coverings.
- Real Estate Brokers and Agents should avoid driving in the same car with prospective tenants/buyers. If this cannot be avoided, face coverings must be worn by everyone in the vehicle and frequently touched areas of the vehicle should be cleaned and disinfected.
- Licensees should schedule all showings in advance, whenever possible.
- Licensees and consumers must wear an appropriate face covering at all times.
- Gloves and shoe coverings can also be required by the owner or broker.
- Brokers must provide appropriate face coverings to licensees and consumers.
- Licensees should not dispose of PPE at the property being shown.
- Consumers should be instructed to only touch essential surfaces, such as the use of a handrail to go up or downstairs. Consumers should be instructed not to touch other areas or surfaces including cabinets, countertops, appliances, etc.
- Licensees are responsible for cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces such as doorknobs and handrails. As a best practice, licensees should disinfect every surface that was touched during a showing.
- Showing times should be staggered so as not to have the next scheduled buyer/tenant waiting outside for the current showing to end.
- As a best practice, only one party should be in the property at a time. If more than one party is inside the property at the same time, 6 feet of distance must be maintained at all times between individuals, and face coverings must be worn (face coverings are already mandatory).
- Licensees and buyers/tenants are encouraged not to bring young children or extraneous guests to property showings, when possible, or leave attended children outside.
- Licensees should screen each seller/buyer/landlord/tenant prior to a showing. Licensees should discuss the use of the screening questionnaire with the seller/landlord and whether
- Although the Guidance Documents permits open houses, it includes restrictions.
- Only one person may be inside the property at a time and it is the responsibility of the agent to insure this.
- In order to prevent people waiting to enter the property in a crowd appointments should be scheduled for access.
- Masks and gloves should not be discarded at the property by the buyer’s attending.
As we move through these challenging times, I want to reassure you of my commitment to continue to provide you with the highest level of service and ensure that your real estate goals are achieved. Our company, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, is dedicated to making sure our clients, agents, employees, and communities are safe and healthy, and able to conduct business as efficiently as possible following the CDC and state mandated guidelines.
Our highly sophisticated technology platforms allow us to operate at every level digitally from our online transaction management program, virtual tours and videos, video conferencing, and virtual showings. We are fully automated to be sure our properties are positioned immediately for the most expansive online presence allowing buyers to not only tour properties online, but actually submit an offer, all through our website.
We will comply with New York State’s mandates, thus no public or broker open houses and/or in-person showings will be conducted at this time. Our offices are physically closed, however are operating remotely and have the capacity to handle all activities virtually.
I want to personally thank you for your trust and confidence in me and my company, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. We are fortunate to have the backing of the most financially stable company in the world and look forward to ensuring your real estate needs are met both now and in the future.
Please reach out if I can help you in any way and I look forward to navigating these times in partnership with you.
I have been licensed as a Real Estate Agent in New York State since 2001…I cover the Westchester County, New York area and I sell Single Family Homes, Townhouses and Co-op’s from Yonkers to the northern border areas of Croton-on-Hudson and Yorktown and Bedford. I have lived in the Scarsdale area for the past 30 years..raising my two daughters. I know this area and know it very well.
For some of you the thought of selling is overwhelming especially if you have lived in your home for many years and you may not know where to start – this is where I come in and can help you.. I have a team I work with that can help you declutter and prepare your home to show it in it’s best light so that you can get top dollar when you sell..I am also a Senior Real Estate Specialist and am trained to help with the special issues you may have…call me and ask your questions I would love to hear from you..I promise I can put your mind at ease and help.
While I am a Senior Specialist it is by no means the only group of sellers or buyers I work with…over the years I have had a wide range of experiences getting properties sold and I have sold 99% of the homes that sellers have trusted me to sell. My greatest joy has been working with first-time home buyers, relocation buyers/sellers, and those buyers trading up vs downsizing!
If you are a buyer or selling and then buying I can guide you through the process and yes it is stressful which is where I can help..
So whether you want to ask some questions, sell or buy I would love to hear from you.
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